Mar 30, 2024

Best wireless earbuds for Google Pixel 7a in 2023

Find a suitable aural companion for your new Pixel

When you get a phone like the Google Pixel 7a, you want a pair of earbuds that can keep up, allowing you to get the most of that Taylor Swift playlist you have on repeat (and the odd episode of Criminal). Since many best wireless earbuds can get a little pricey, it’s hard to figure out what makes the best pairing for that Pixel phone.

We all want something that offers quality. But, if you went for the Google Pixel 7a, which goes for $500, you might not want to spend $200+ on a pair of headphones to match. With that in mind, we’ve collected what we think to be the best wireless earbuds for Google Pixel 7a, balancing quality and features with price tag.

It’s not much of a stretch to consider the Sony WF-C700N the budget version of the Sony WF-1000XM5 in that they’re among the best in just about every category for their price point. The clarity you get from the audio quality is impressive at any price point. Though these are not as feature-filled, not to mention the surprisingly weak battery life, there’s still plenty else to offer, including multipoint connectivity, fast charging, and Google Fast Pair.

With tons of features and powerful performance, the Google Pixel Buds Pro earbuds are a technological marvel. These IPX4-protected earbuds can stream sweet music via Bluetooth 5.0 using SBC and AAC codecs, tuned to perfection for general usage. With the powerful ANC on, they can run 7 hours straight (11 without), and they have a sweet transparent mode. With multipoint connectivity and wireless charging support, these are clearly built to win.

The EarFun Air Pro 3 are the kind of earbuds that make you reconsider how much you need to spend for a good pair. They sound great with big bass and crisp treble, solid ANC and Ambient mode (though they’re not adjustable), and have very good battery life. Though the app can sometimes struggle, it’s easy to use. Plus, there’s fast as well as wireless charging on hand.

The Google Pixel A-series earbuds are not packed with too many features, but they deliver absolutely great performance where it counts. The 12 mm dynamic drivers are well-balanced to produce the sound that most people will come to love, and the variable-sized ear tips hold them snugly in your ears. Connecting via BT5.0, they stream AAC and SBC codecs. Also, you can converse fluently with Google Assistant thanks to the "Hey Google" detection feature.

Samsung has been producing some of the truly consumer-favoring earbuds for some time now, and the Galaxy Buds2 earbuds are a shining example. First off the bat, they sound wonderful. The AKG-tuned dual complex drivers deliver rich sound optimized to entertain the general-purpose user band, so these can go everywhere with you. The ANC is respectable for the price, and the multipoint connectivity works like a charm. Though made for Bixby, they work just fine with Google Assistant too.

The Jabra Elite 4 Active earbuds were created with working out in the mind, but they are good enough to use anywhere. These durable buds can stay in your bag without charging for days, plus they shake off standard gym sweat with a shrug. Piping through Bluetooth 5.2, these buds produce the Jabra signature tuned sound that would please most ears. They support Google Fast Pair and Google Assistant features effortlessly and do not crash your bank account!

Say what you want about Skullcandy, but they have again proved their funky sense of colors with the new Dime 2 earbuds. Available in some seriously cool colorways, including one that looks like a good fit for Harley Quinn, these buds produce superb bass and crisp mids in your ears. In addition, they have an ergonomic build that's quite comfortable in the ear, the buds are compatible with Tile, and Google Assistant works perfectly well through these, though the battery could be better.

Finding some good ANC at the under-$50 band is hard, but the Tozo NC9 earbuds somehow make it work. Though the ANC in these are nothing to write home about, they make do in a pinch. They sound a bit bassy but otherwise smooth, and they are built well for such a cheap pair of buds, with IPX6-grade waterproofing. Supporting wireless charging, they can go 7 hours with ANC on. Of course, the BT5.3 is the cherry on top.

Anker’s audio products are always worth their money in the low-mid range, and the Space A40 prove the same. You get a workable ANC that claims to reduce over 90% of predictable noise, plus 50 hours of total battery life. That ANC is supposed to be automatically scaled, too. They also support LDAC, so you can listen to excellent audio. Furthermore, the companion app allows you to customize the buds, and you can enjoy AI-enhanced calls using six mics.

These earbuds are among the most unique looking with their square shape and striking colors. Though there’s no ANC, there’s a HearThrough mode, aka Transparency or Ambient mode, and a low latency mode when gaming. Overall, they’re somewhat stripped down when it comes to features. There isn’t even an app. However, they provide great audio, especially for the price, with solid imaging and a fun sound that works across multiple genres.

Though not as enchantingly sounding as some of the bigger ones on this list, the JLab Go Air Pop hold their own place. The buds are built well and sound good enough for regular generic usage, and they come with two years of warranty. However, the case ergonomics leave a lot to be desired. For example, in solo mode, the controls can be problematic. Still, you can double-tap the left bud to summon Google Assistant easily.

If you’re looking for something a little different, the Shokz OpenRun Pro bone conduction headphones are an excellent choice, especially if you run a lot. They transmit solid audio through your cheekbones instead of ear canals so you can be more aware of your surroundings. They’re durable and have an IP55 rating, so you could run in the rain if it suits you. Plus, they last ten hours on a single charge.

The most redeeming feature of any audio equipment is its sound quality, and that's true for earbuds. Next comes its ability to last long before you plug it in again and how comfortably they fit in your ears. Anything you wear should not cause you fatigue or irritation. Last but not least, small additional features make up our minds, such as ANC, waterproofing, voice control, etc. In fact, voice control is paramount in this case since these earphones are supposed to take full advantage of Pixel 7a's excellent Google Assistant feature.

With all that under consideration, we feel that Pixel's A-series buds go best with their A-series phones. They seem to be almost the best in every category among their competitors. Yes, their big brother, the Pixel Buds Pros, can steal the show with a sheer performance, but only with a considerable amount of money thrown at them. But you don't always have to spend so much on quality earbuds. Enter the EarFun Air Pro 2, a good balance of quality and price at the sacrifice of a heavy feature set.

The other contenders in this list are no less. Since no pair of ears are equal, it's pretty normal to find your match in unique products. For example, you may want to consider products from Jabra, Tozo, JBL, and Skullcandy — any of them can fit your needs, as they all come with a solid combination of features and strengths. Just don't forget to download some high-bitrate quality audio files before you try the earbuds; otherwise, you may not be hearing their full potential.

A content writer and digital marketer for over a decade, Swarna loves to spread knowledge and happiness through words. As a lifetime Android user his experience with Android phones and devices are worthy of recognition. However, his expertise with audio technology lets him criticize speakers, headphones, earbuds, etc. in a very accurate manner.